One of the most intriguing dynamics of this California Golden Bears football team is the fraternal relationship that exists between projected starting quarterback and premier receiving talent. Zach Maynard and Keenan Allen both agreed to become Golden Bears (Maynard as a transfer from Buffalo, Allen as a decommit from Alabama) last year, and now both could participate in an explosive one-two combination that could revitalize the currently moribund Cal offense.
John Breech, who covers Cal football for CBS Sports, had this telling tidbit from the first practice.
After Saturday's first practice, Allen was asked to assess his brother's first day, "I thought he did real good," Allen said. "But me being his brother, I expect a little bit more, so he still has a lot of things to work on."
Hard to say what Allen might be referring to in terms of improvements, but you'd have to guess it has something to do with making sure that Maynard doesn't target his brother exclusively at the expense of the other receivers. Or maybe it's just that Maynard still hasn't fully acclimated to the offense yet and might still be making mental errors. But it's a pretty fascinating situation to have two brothers connecting with each other on a football field.
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